Not even volcanoes and snowstorms could prevent the South African from taking the crown.

By Matt Skenazy

Despite the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, and a howling snowstorm, South African Royden Bryson was still able to take down Yuri Sodre in the final, earning himself a share of the lead in the Coldwater Classic Series, 3000 WQS points, the title of Lord, a plot of land in the Scottish Highlands, and a highland sword.

"I really wanted that sword. I'm going to sleep with that thing under my bed," Lord Bryson said after a snow covered final. And now, as king of the castle, and Lord of all he sees (well, almost) he can.

Bryson was a standout all event, taking out Nathaniel Curran in the quarterfinals and Aussie Shaun Cansdell in the semis, and now has ample to time to wallow in his glory as all flights in Europe are grounded due to a giant cloud of ash from the volcanic eruption. Some surfers, like Timmy Reyes who lost to Irish surfer Glenn Hall just before the reaching the quarterfinals, have no problem with extending there stay.

"The place I'm staying is loaded with good Scottish whiskey, champagne, and a hot tub," Reyes said over a crackling long distance call, "I gotta go."

Clearly being stuck in Scotland has its upside.

So far the Coldwater Classic series has been living up to its name, with both events being run in excellent, albeit cold, conditions.

With momentum, and a share of the ratings lead with Stuart Kennedy, the winner of the Coldwater Classic Tasmania, Lord Bryson is well on his way to the Coldwater Classic Series Title and fifty grand. Watch for Lord Bryson to make a strong push in his native South Africa at the end of July.

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